One Chance script
One Chance (2013)
Synopsis: One Chance is a 2013 British-American biographical comedy-drama film about opera singer and Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts, directed by David Frankel and written by Justin Zackham. It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

The lead boys miss the turn, smacking into the alley wall

and crumple...

INT. ST. CATHERINE’S CHURCH - DAY

Paul’s hidden voice is somewhat louder now as the CAMERA

looks down on the choir from above...

EXT. OPEN STREET - DAY

Paul looks back to see his lead has widened. He smiles

then turns forward an instant too late to avoid the newly

constructed scaffolding on the sidewalk...

He opens his mouth to scream...

CUT TO:

EXT. OPEN STREET - DAY

Where Paul lies on the ground, mouth bleeding, bullies

standing over him, laughing. MATTHEW, the toughest of the

lot, leans forward and allows a stream of spit to dribble

onto Paul’s cheek where it mixes with the blood from his

ruined mouth.

INT. PRINCESS OF WALES HOSPITAL, EMERGENCY ROOM - DAY

As Paul is brought in on another gurney where he’s met by,

a slightly aged Dr. Thorpe.

DR. THORPE

What’ve we got?

CHOIR:

Among your friends and kindred that live

both far and near.

INT. ST. CATHERINE’S CHURCH - DAY

CAMERA PULLS OUT of the shattered mouth of PAUL, now in

his twenties, singing, with reckless fervor through the

shards of two badly broken front teeth...

6.

CAMERA CONTINUES pulling back to reveal he is alone, in

the upper choir loft, a good twenty feet above the rest of

the choir.

CHOIR (V.O.)

That god send you a happy new year, happy

new year. That god send you a happy new

year.

INT. ST. CATHERINE’S CHURCH - DAY

The Choirmaster’s fists clench shut, silencing the choir.

CHOIRMASTER:

That’s very nice indeed.

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. CAR PHONE WAREHOUSE - NIGHT

Walls lined with various phones and phone accessories.

BRADDON (34), painfully thin with spiky hair, bad skin and

elvish ear-extensions, hits on a FEMALE CUSTOMER.

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Justin Zackham

Justin Zackham is an American and British screenwriter, director and producer. He wrote the hit films The Bucket List, One Chance, and the FX series Lights Out, and The Big Wedding, which he also directed. more…

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